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governments? >> i think what you saw in the debates that was governor romney and president obama both understand the american people are sick and tired of these wars. they are sorry they ever heard of the place called the middle east. they just want out. and so the question is how do you, to the degree you can, shape the environment after you get out? and i think that's what all of this talk about 2014 in afghanistan is, to focus the minds of afghan leaders. we are not going to be around. and i actually think iraq has gone better than i expected. so, who knows. afghanistan might too. i'm actually though in the long run, more pessimistic about afghanistan than i am about iraq. >> start by why do you think iraq has gone better than expected and then michael will talk about where you think there's gaps in this path's approach to t. >> i thought that iraq would unravel after the americans left. in fact, aid series on my blog called "iraq, the unraveling." it hasn't. rather it has sort of come to a stalemate it is not falling apart but not making any political progress it is just sort of s
election day, president obama and governor mitt romney are crisscrossing key battleground states, governor romney holding three rallies in florida, and president obama stopped in new hampshire and talk about his promise for the future. >> the unemployment rate is falling. manufacturing, coming back to our shores. our assembly lines are humming again. housing prices are starting to pick up. housing starts are on the move. we have a lot of work to do but, new hampshire, the country has come too far for us to turn back now. >> governor romney holding three rallies across florida today where he is calling for more partisan cooperation in washington. i'll see you again on the fox news channel at 6:00 eastern. right now we go back to "the journal editorial report",. >> welcome would to journal -- "the journal editorial report." aisle paul gigot. the election focuses on a mall group of key states but not the states either campaign or the political pundits might have expected. wisconsin, pennsylvania, and michigan, all of which president obama carried by double digits in 2008. my guess t
many times have you seen president obama, governor romney, or their surrogates in your state? guest: president obama has been here eight times this year, governor romney has been here 6. paul ryan may be eligible to vote, he's been here that much. joe biden has been here once. we have had a lot of its from michelle obama. we have seen plenty of action this cycle. host: bill clinton could be coming to your state. he is scheduled to campaign for the president today in colorado. he was supposed to be in colorado springs tuesday but cancelled due to the storm. guest: pending the outcome of the storm on the east coast, we will see both candidates later in the week. governor romney was here last week and held a rally at red rock and thousands were turned away. the following day, he held a rally in denver and drew a crowd estimated at 16,000. the governor this week has reserved an amphitheater in the southern suburbs of has a capacity of 18,000 people. there were looking at going to boulder to hold a rally there. they're certainly trying to turn out a lot of voters with momentum. >> one we
't done. >> shepard: president obama and governor romney now racing to make up for lost time after the devastating super storm. tonight, the candidates refocus on some of the most critical battleground states. plus, fuel shortages now crippling parts of new york, new jersey, and connecticut. >> about an hour and 15 minutes. figure we will be here at least another hour. >> long line as folks wait to buy goods for cars and generators. millions of homes in more than a dozen states still without power. tonight, new speed bumps on the road to recovery. first from fox this thursday night the painful evenings of a lingering super storm. on top of all the death and destruction growing shortages on everything from gasoline to food to batteries for flashlights, there is no telling how long this will last. right now the biggest problem in the storm zone aside from the destruction seems to be the lack of fuel. and here is part of the reason. public transportation is still a disaster, so folks need to drive. there is no electricity, so you have got to use a generator. loss of gas stations are e
. governor andrew cuomo says he is asking president obama to take 100% of the estimated $6 billion bill, at a time the state and local government budgets make -- remain constrained by the weak economic recovery. those are some of the latest headlines on c-span radio. >> i have watched shows on the weekends when they interview politicians and they are talking about what they are doing in congress and different legislation and there different opinions. >> most recently i watched the debate, because i was in front of my computer because i was still at work. i knew it would be on c-span. >> i like it because it drove down to be important issues and it is not antagonistic or hostile and it does not seem to have an axe to grind or an agenda they are trying to push like some other cable tv shows. >> i agree, too, it seems fair. like you get the real story and there is not a commentary and things that are negative. >> i go there to get the news, the facts, and to get more details than just headlines in and talking points. i want to learn something and not just be entertained. >> it is not as ex
president obama, governor romney, or their surrogates in your state? guest: president obama has been here eight times this year, governor romney has been here 6. paul ryan may be eligible to vote, he's been here that much. joe biden has been here once. we have had a lot of its from michelle obama. we have seen plenty of action this cycle. host: bill clinton could be coming to your state. he is scheduled to campaign for the president today in colorado. he was supposed to be in colorado springs tuesday but cancelled due to the storm. guest: pending the outcome of the storm on the east coast, we will see both candidates later in the week. governor romney was here last week and held a rally at red rock and thousands were turned away. the following day, he held a -- president obama held a rally in denver and drew a crowd estimated at 16,000. the governor this week has reserved an amphitheater in the southern suburbs of has a capacity of 18,000 people. there were looking at going to boulder to hold a rally there. they're certainly trying to turn out a lot of voters with momentum. >> one week to
. there's going to be some bad. i believe that it is the signature law for president obama and the signature law for governor romney in massachusetts. i personally would repeal the bad and try to keep the good, especially maintaining insurance on our children until they're 26. >> we have about a minute left. while you are one person running for congress, how do you address the on going stalemate and jm nastiness that exists in both houses? >> i believe it's due to party alee gens. they both feel they need to defend their party. overall, as a libertarian, i don't have the part aplea gens, so i basically would be able to reach across the aisle and come with a come promiessments truly my only reresponsibility is to the people of my district and the people of this country. >> all right. paul drogos. good luck in november. to see the interview and other candidate interviews, log on to abc2news.com/politics and don't forget to vote tuesday, november the 6th. >>> that's it for abc2 news at 6. we'll be back here at 11. see you tonight. so, maybe you're trying to figure out question
sandy we saw governor christy and president obama not just side by side but pracing each other for their common concern and shared focus and placing the needs of the people first and to ensure whatever needed to be done, would be done. for anybody who thought this natural disaster would be the kick in the pants to work together finally. something happened this afternoon that absolutely shatters that. a republican rally in the state of virginia featured governor mcdonnell. they were for senate candidate allen. he was a failure of a president whose reelection would be bad for virginia and bad for the united states. doesn't matter which side you look at if you take governor christy's view that president obama is the savior for new jersey or that he's an absolute failure. the fact is an act of god couldn't bring democrats and republicansing to in this country. that's why we need an independent in congress. >> congressman cicilline. >> thank you for hosting this debate. as this campaign comes to a close i want to thank the people of rhode island who shared their ideas with me in thi
shore. governor chris christie and president obama have been strategizing together on the clean-up. and joe biden is using his teeth to illuminate hoboken. >>> charlie rose with gayle king, norah o'donnell is in washington. >>> conditions are slowly getting better after superstorm sandy but not fast enough for its victims. at least 92 people have died because of sandy. 3.8 million utility customers still have no power. that is less than half of the outages at the peak of the storm. >> the homeland security secretary today is visiting new york's staten island where storm victims say they've been ignored. this morning drivers are waiting in long lines to get into manhattan and waiting in long lines elsewhere just to get gas. on new york's long island, the town of long beach was very hard hit. sandy eroded the barrier island sea shore and sent water into streets. seth doane is telling us what this community is facing this morning. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good morning to you, gayle. 600,000 people on long island, without power. down from a million without power in the aft
elected officials with president obama and governor cuomo last night going over a lot of the issues especially the housing issues that people will face. we've been in constant contact with the mayor's office. bottom line here is everybody's moving to get things done. but the challenges are so enormous, it's unlike anything i've ever seen as manhattan borough president as a public official for 20 years. >> we're showing our viewers unbelievably long lines, people waiting two or three or four hours just to get on a bus. how much longer can a situation like that continue? >> well, that's by the way another issue that i think is getting worse by the day. cabs are running out of gas. and that's a transportation opportunity for people. i haven't seen lines like this since the 1970s energy crisis. you know, jimmy carter in 1980 where you just had lines down the block of cars. we're back to that. again, that's also going to slow us in terms of getting people out of this situation. >> you know, there's a lot of uproar over whether or not the marathon this weekend in new york city should take
, president obama will head to new jersey to see the damage in that state with governor chris christie. the federal government in the washington, d.c. area will open for business on a regular schedule on wednesday after being closed monday and tuesday. in new york, the stock exchange opened for business after being closed for two days. >> i especially like watching the gavel-to-gavel coverage. it is the only place to get the real deal. i like that the commentary is only intended to let you know what is going on. there is not too much analysis. i appreciate how i can release the crew and understand the programming itself, and i can get my analysis elsewhere. if you want to see how your government works directly, then c-span is just about the only place to go. >> c-span, created by america's cable companies in 1979, brought to you as a public service by your television provider. >> let's get the album that documents the grace coolidge family. part of the could family papers. we have one box that is just photographs and then several boxes of other documents. the photographs are heavy. the
. finance committee. with gov. ravi if he is president, were president obama. -- governor romneywe have becom. i will work if he is president, or president obama. in ibm, if you are in a position and you do not fix something, you are terminated. you are done. go to the ceo of the utah farm bureau. >> good to be here. our national debt is clearly burden on our country and the future financial well-being. what do you propose to do to reduce government spending, cut the debt, and secure our national security for the future? >> guyer appreciate the farm bureau. an randy was actually one of those -- my grandfather mentored from our farm in utah. and we are facing problems with the debt and deficit. we have to solve this. i think that the center and i would agree that we have to go back and make some cuts. i have always supported simpson- bowles. but if we do not fix this debt and deficit, your future, and more importantly, the future of our children and grandchildren will never enjoy the blessings and benefits we have enjoyed in this country. we have to immediately implement changes. one thi
, by our governor, a veteran, by president obama, the u.s. chamber of commerce, and by everyone in congress trying to find a compromise. george allen stood outside and shook his fists and said, we do not want to support a compromise. we did not the fault, we got a bond downgrade. the reason for the downgrade was not the deal. it was that so many leaders light george were willing to stand up and play chicken with american finances. we can avoid these defense cuts. we can only avoid them with a compromise. the only compromise you have heard is repealed be affordable care act. it has already been tried. the has been a two-year litigation in the supreme court. that is not a compromise. >> could you address the mass of how you pay for it if you repeal? >> if we are talking about sequestration, let me point out what we need. [laughter] we need spending caps. a balanced budget amendment. as far as averting these cuts, the house of representatives and others passed a measure in may to avert these cuts. went over the senate. what have they done? nothing. they have not passed a budget in over 3.5 yea
: both candidates are accusing each other of failed leadership. president obama said romney hiked fees on everything as governor of massachusetts. >> he raised fees to get a birth certificate, which would have been expensive for me. >> reporter: he said mr. obama broke promises to cut the deficit and save medicare. >> he is shrinking from the magnitude of the times. >> you got these guys. >> reporter: and both sides are wary of the impact on polling locations. if prolonged power outages or storm damage prevent voters from casting their ballots, especially in states where early voting is already under way. president obama has adjusted his schedule to stay out of sandy's path. he's flying to florida half a day early tomorrow, and he's getting regular updates from his staff. and, margaret, i wouldn't be surprised if we see more changes to his schedule as the week goes on depending on the severity of the storm. glerg nancy cordes in washington, thank you. overseas now, indonesian police have arrested 11 people suspects of planning attacks on the u.s. embassy and other american and internat
to wisconsin after halting his campaign to attend to hurricane sandy, president obama was back on the stump in green bay. >> governor romney has been using all of his talent as a salesman to dress up these very same policies that failed our country so badly. the same policies we're cloning up after. >> reporter: to colorado now after hitting the trick-or- treat halloween trail in wisconsin, tuesday, paul ryan promised victoro election day. >> in 2008, it sounded -- victory on election day. >> in 2008, it count sounded great -- sounded great. all of this hope and change. it was, unfortunately, rhetoric. the rules -- results were disastrous. we can handle what they throw at us for five more days but can't handle what they will do for four more years. >> finally, we head to iowa where vice president joe biden stopd into a local diner, later taking issue with the recent comments on women's issues. >> the refusal to condemn the indiana senate orual candidate, richard mourdoch, tells a lot about what they believe. that old expression, silence can be deafening? >> reporter: hard to believe there a
to the atlantic. president obama and governor chris christie have been outstanding in their statements and even governor christie coming here to meet with me saying just get it done, do what you need to do to get it cleaned up. >> reporter: case and point, some of the pumps operating down here to drain out the city, it's literally a bowl. the sea water got in, it has no way of getting out. they're going to have to pump it out. so they're doing just that bringing in big pumps. the ones that were used after hurricane katrina to suck out some 700,000 gallons every hour. up to 2 million gallons an hour in the case of some of the larger pumps that are expected to come in a little bit later today. wolf, back to you. >> all right. jim, thank you. jim clancy on the scene for us. the new york city borough of staten island was devastated by this superstorm. the death toll there has continued to climb. and residents are getting desperate. they're saying they need a lot more help. brian todd is on the scene for us there. he's been getting a firsthand look joining us live from staten island. brian, what's g
over the last undecideds. governor romney promising to turn this economy around, president obama arguing it would have been worse if republicans would have been in charge over the past four years. with the final sprint on today we get the last pre election look at the unemployment situation in this country, the jobless rate ticking up last month to 7.9%, up from 7.8. some 12.3 million people unemployed. the number is higher when you add in the under employed, folks who want to be doing more than part time work, but are not, that number would jump to 23 million u.n. or under employed. both candidates hit the trail earlier and had this to say about the numbers. >> this morning we learned that companies hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. [cheers and applause] >> he said he was going to lower the unemployment rate down to 5.2% right now. today we learned that it's actually 7.9%, and that is 9 million jobs short of what he promised. unemployment is higher today than when barack obama took office. megyn: chris stirewalt the fox news digital politic
expected to get from the republican -- president obama never expected to get from republican governor christie before the election. >> a great working relationship. to make sure that we are doing jobs that people elected us to do. i cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern. and compassion for our state and for the people of our state. >> unlikely duo, the endangered democratic incumbent and man who just two months ago tried to help unseed him. by delivering the keynote at the republican national convention. what brought them together today was the need for federal aid after the raw horror of superstorm sandy. >> the two bonded at the community center in new jersey, where dozens have been sleeping since their homes were destroyed. aboard marine 1, the president and governor shared a rivetting one-hour aerial tour of the utter devastation. >> we will not forget, we will follow up to make sure that you get all the help that you need, until you rebuilt. >> a chance for the president to show off the benefits of incumbency. just as the latest fox news poll shows he is faci
. president obama and governor christy stood side by side how n the garden city have to go before things get back to normal. the president promising he will do his best to make sure that happens as soon as possible. >> i can promise you the federal government will work closely with the state and local officials and we will not quit until this is done. >> the president will try to avoid red tape and bureaucracy can helping states that were slammed by sandy and yesterday's yesterday was void of about tuesday's election which is something that depov gov christy appreciated . >> the president and i are big boys and business of politics and we are aware that the election is in six district attorneys and i asked him where he is campaign doing next . but most of the time we talked about the problems. >> governor christy is one of mitt romney's important surrogates and delivering the key note in the republican national convention two monthses ago. mitt romney is careful not to campaign too fely while people are in the east coast. as he made his closing argument. he made sure everyone in the event wa
. supposedly governor andrew cuomo didn't want him in new york because obama wouldn't allow him to speak at the convention reports have it. so that's what that's all about, but he's going to win new york, so it really isn't very consequential. >> it looks like mitt romney is gaining ground in that aspect. >> i would say that's the most troubling component that bothers the obama campaign even when he was way down, romney, and falling way behind in some of these swing states independents were drifting toward him. now they're up by eight or 10 points and that's -- elections are won with independents because democrats vote for the democrat, republicans vote for the republican and especially well off independents in affluent suburbs that have high voter turnout, that's a very disappointing element for obama. >> is it just us on the east coast or does it feel like this weather event kind of sucked the oxygen out of the campaign? >> i think it probably helped. nobody wants to see people or their lives destroyed, but i think it allowed the president to act like the president and his move, which
her. . >>> and with president obama's cooperation, will new jersey's governor impact the election?  [ minto ] you know, those ads saying mitt romney would ban all abortions and contraception seemed a bit extreme. so i looked into it. turns out, romney doesn't oppose contraception at all. in fact, he thinks abortion should be an option in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother's life. this issue's important to me, but i'm more concerned about the debt our children will be left with. i voted for president obama last time, but we just can't afford four more years. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney and i approve this message. [ romney ] i'm mitt romney my name is julian bond. i know a little something about fighting for what's right and just. maryland's gay and lesbian families share the same values and they should share in the right to marry. i believe people of faith understand this isn't about any one religious belief. it's about protecting the civil right to make a lifelong commitment to the person you love. join me in supporting question 6. it's the right thing to do. what mitt ro
, governor romney, or their surrogates in your state? guest: president obama has been here eight times this year, governor romney has been here 6. paul ryan may be eligible to vote, he's been here that much. joe biden has been here once. we have had a lot of its from michelle obama. we have seen plenty of action this cycle. host: bill clinton could be coming to your state. he is scheduled to campaign for the president today in colorado. he was supposed to be in colorado springs tuesday but cancelled due to the storm. guest: pending the outcome of the storm on the east coast, we will see both candidates later in the week. governor romney was here last week and held a rally at red rock and thousands were turned away. the following day, he held a -- president obama held a rally in denver and drew a crowd estimated at 16,000. the governor this week has reserved an amphitheater in the southern suburbs of has a capacity of 18,000 people. there were looking at going to boulder to hold a rally there. they're certainly trying to turn out a lot of voters with momentum. >> one week to go and foll
daylight between governor romney and president obama on the war. the real difference is on the economy. they're night and day on the economy and not that far apart from coming home from afghanistan. i will try to keep us out of war in syria, keep us out of preemptive war around the world and i will fight for these things and hopefully, i'll be able to convince governor romney campaignfully to come to my direction. within the republican senate caucus, you know, there's probably 10 of us now who are reticent to give the president unlimited authority for war. it doesn't sound like many, but it's 10 more than there used to be, i think, who believes that congress declares war, not the president, and there are probably a few democrats who believe that too, and so, i think there is actually a bipartisan sort of libertarian, but more constitutional caucus on war issues and i've been working hard with many on the other side, i worked with senator wyden, senator judall on issues of war to make it less likely that we get involved in another war. >> senator paul, your part father on his network, m
. >> greta: of course, governor christie is grateful for any assistance from president obama to help his citizens of new jersey. that's his job. some have said, he has been effusive and gone overboard in support of president obama and he was the keynote speaker and critical of president obama on the campaign trail. any thoughts on that. >> i am from florida. we have had so many storms. i remember in a 16-month period, we had 8 named storm it's hurricanes come through our state. we have been on the other end of that. tell consume the state government, i think that's what governor christie has been focused on. i am not sure if it's a good time to do a political analysis. all i can tell you, as a floridian on the receiving end of in of these storms, our heart goes out to these folks because long after the cacameras have moved on, they are continuing to reblgd their lives. it's a long, costly, painful process that disrupts lives and some folks can never rebuild because of the storm. we wish the best for them and hopefully, you know, we doll all we can to be helpful. >> greta: how many points
: president obama is not answering questions or having a press conference. we'll continue to pursue it until we figure out what the answers are. but do you think governor romney on the campaign trail should be raising this issue, or not? >> i'd like for him to. but you know, i am very reluctant, particularly since i am the loser to give advice to a campaign. but i can tell you, whether mitt romney is raising these questions or not, i am telling you, the reaction that i am getting from veterans across -- i am in north dakota today. i am telling you, i am getting a reaction the likes of which i have seldom seen from our retired, our veterans, or acting duty people, our guardsmen. they know what is going on. they know a coverup is going on. i can tell you, they do not trust the president of the united states. and by the way, could i just mention, that the president -- this interfered with the president's narrative that he got lad scplad so therefore, al qaeda's -- he got bin laden and so therefore al qaeda's on the run. we got the pictures of the president and his team watching in realtime, get
. president obama a four point advantage over governor romney. in the fight for women voters, obama has a commanding lead in ohio but a lot can change of course between now and november 6th. the surprise is what john sununu told me last night is not going to go away. it could become a big problem for romney. sununu, a key romney surrogate, has put race and frankly, charges of racism front and center in the final days of the campaign when romney would have least wanted him to. let's get right to it. i asked him last night about former secretary of state colin powell's endorsement of president obama. this is what sununu said and why it's creating a political firestorm. final question. colin powell has decided to opt for president obama again despite apparently still being a republican. is it time he left the party, do you think? >> well, i'm not sure how important that is. i do like the fact that colin powell's boss, george herbert walker bush, has endorsed mitt romney all along, and frankly, when you take a look at colin powell, you have to wonder whether that's an endorsement based on i
between president obama and governor romney. in miami-dade county as well as the heavily populated counties around florida. you are seeing long lines of early voters. the vote wait, 3 1/2 hours. that's from the end of the line which wraps all the way around the corner of this building. you wait and shuffle along in 80-81 degree heat in this november -- early november in florida. then you have one of the most historically long ballot in history. charlie crist look at these long lines calling for an end of -- an extension of early voting hours and days. but last night the republican governor rick scott says no to that. we'll stick with state law. early voting ends saturday night 7:00 p.m. 3 million floridians plus have already voted by early voting and absentee ballots. breaking that down. early voting. the people you see standing in line. 1.3 million have vote. 630,000 plus democrats. the democrats with the higher edge in early voting. but when it comes to absentee ballots. that's where republicans have the edge. 700,000 for republicans and less than that coming for the democrats. 2
governor romney did it. he has a record of working on a bipartisan basis whereas barack obama has actually failed on being bipartisan. and governor romney again will be bipartisan on things like offshore drilling which are other good, high-paying jobs in virginia that mark warner supports. you will be able to have a president romney work with mark warner and george allen on a bipartisan basis to open up offshore drilling which he said he would do saidday one. those are not minimum-wage jobs. they are health care. you can get pensions. it could bring millions, even billions and against the capital of east coast for energy which governor mcdonnell wants to do. we want to partner with the legislature -- it supports it on a bipartisan basis as well as congressional leadership. but unfortunately barack obama and the democrat leadership and his party in virginia opposes the good common sense of sure drilling policies which mark warner, george alley -- george allen support. guest: why didn't you run for reelection in massachusetts? they can run for reelection. why is he losing by double digits, i
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to go with governor romney. they don't feel the job security has been there, that president obama won't give it to them in the next four years. but then you talk to another suburban mom sitting next to her and she's going to stick with president obama in part because the deciding factor for her are the social issues. there are a lot of issues that go into play, but i have to say, top of the issues here is job security. >> all right, kyung lah, thanks so much from colorado. apprec athat. let's drill down deeper on the strategy of both of the candidates and see how the last-minute campaigning is shaking out. joining me now is tom price. a republican congressman from georgia and the chairman of the committee's policy committee. good to see you. and che sheila jackson, a democc congresswoman from texas, and she's not joining us from texas today. she's out on the campaign trail in columbus, ohio. good to see you as well, congresswoman. >> fredricka, good to be with you this afternoon. >> excellent. let's begin. we're talking about these candidates, president obama, mitt romney, they are cr
-span. president obama yesterday spent the afternoon with new jersey governor chris christi touring the damage across the state's coast left from hurricane sandy after surveying some of the wreckage and speaking with victims of the storm. both men spoke briefly about the coordination efforts between federal and local officials. >> good afternoon, everybody. thank you-all for coming today. i want to thank the members who are here as well. i want to thank the president. we spent significant afternoon together surveying the damage up and down the new jersey coastline. we were on marine one together, to show the president that personally. we had an opportunity to discuss it at length. then going over to the shelter here, to be able to meet with folks, have them see the president and his concern. the concern all of us have for making sure that things get back to normal as quickly as possible. we have lots of challenges. our challenge now is to get back to normalcy. the things we need to do is make sure we get power restored as quickly as possible. make sure people have clean drinking water and wast
president obama with a razor-thing thin lead. but good news for governor romney. joining me is our panel. first, rick, the good news for the governor is with independents? >> independents. you look throughout the polls, dismacial state-level poll, governor romney is winning independent, sometimes by a lot. this is interesting for a couple of reasons, president obama won independents widely four years ago. john kerry won among independents 8 years ago in the battleground states. so this is a big reversal. can the president lose independents that badly and still win? there is a good chance that the independents look different. a lot of them are probably republicans, calling themselves independents because they are disaffected with the party and they are tea partyers. but it is a major shift to see independents, people who call themselves independents not going for president obama. you ask the romney folks and they say, this is a sign of weakness. this says our guy is very much in the mix, despite the battlegrounds. >> greta: steve, which team would you rather be on? >> right now? if you as
at the other end of the specter. kind of in that gray area for president obama and also for governor walker. we just had a huge, fierce debate over the recall of governor walker. the economy and jobs were central to that debate. a lot of conflicting, police statistics. the bottom line is that sort of somewhat sluggish job growth, positive trends in manufacturing, but nothing that would i think either disqualify the president or insure his reelection. host: looking at individual people in wisconsin, how does the state breakdown when it comes to republicans, independents, democrats? guest: we don't have registration by party, so you just look at the political history. wisconsin as a swing state. it has voted democratic for president in every election since ronald reagan was on the ballot. a little misleading, though, because it is often extremely close, often very close to where the country is as a whole. it is the closest aide and the country into a dozen for, even closer in 2000. but you had this big blowout victory for president obama in 2008. democrats have tended to dominate the u.s. senate
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